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    The alarm goes off..........

    The security alarm went off at 2:30 am. I'll tell the story later but I wondered two things as I cleared the house. How do you all handle this, what do you use and second how much more scarier it would have been with a baseball bat or golf club.

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    That happened to me once some years ago...the alarm company called the local Sheriffs and they responded quickly. I cleared the upstairs (handgun and flashlight) and latched the basement door...let the Deputies handle the basement.

    It turned out it was my sister's cat (she was hospitalized at the time and I was taking care of the little critter). The little terror was in the basement bedroom, knocked down the window shade witch struck the alarm sensor.

    To my way of thinking...I wouldn't choose a baseball bat or similar. I wouldn't want to get that close to a potential assailant(s) plus it would take time plus more maneuvering room to swing it. Everyone's situation is different...house layout...how dark it is...how awake and alert you are...level of training. It's hard to give a universal answer or recommendation.
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    Rick - When I went through FLETC (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center) in Brunswick, GA for the CBP Officer Basic Course one of the things we did was how to clear a house. FLETC is an old Naval Air Station which still has Capehart Style Housing (single floor plan houses); some of it is used for different scenarios, including clearing a house.

    We used a minimum of three people to clear the houses; most teams had 4 officers. It takes a coordinated effort, as a team, to safely clear the houses.

    With regards to my own house - if someone tries or does break-in my house. Protecting my wife, myself, and my dog from harm is my number one, my only priority, my only responsibility. I will secure our position in the master bedroom, ensure that its defensible, and call 911 to report someone uninvited is in my house. I will not go looking for trouble from a threat that I don't know if its one person or more. Don't get me wrong - if the bad guy(s) try to enter our "safe" space I will defend it with all I have; but if the bad guy wants my big screen TV in my living room and can get it out the door before the police arrive - I need a new one anyway! My current one is more then 10 years old! Of course it will be really difficult to contain my Buzzsaw aka Athena, our rescued Pit Bull. She is normally peace loving and gentle with "invited" guests but a middle of the night intruder? I'll call for the paramedics for you...you will need them!

    Don't let that smile fool you - I honestly think she would of had my 140# German Shepard retreating!


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    My dogs work better and bite harder than any alarm , but an East German Makarov is always on the nightstand just in case ..
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    Concur w/CWO4USCGRET. In addition to your weapon and cellphone, be sure you have a high intensity flashlight in the bedroom...and, if you call "911", tell them you're in the bedroom and will stay there until they give the "all clear".
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    Rule number one is to let them come to you, rule number two is to give them no warning. I mean they didn’t give you one, right?

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    I'm not going to go stumbling around my house not knowing what I'm stumbling into. I'll make sure the kids are ok, bring them into the master bedroom and wait for the police to show up. Been in a gunfight without a gun before and have no desire to be that outmatched again anytime soon. I do sleep with a gun nearby to repel borders though
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    My dog rules, when it's night time.
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    We have a four legged alarm, his bark is loud and sincere, but otherwise he's probably harmless. Now I don't know about an unwanted visiter at night.
    I leave a light on.
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    If there is an intruder, ol' Samuel Sean will raise enough hell to discourage 'em.

    He absolutely will not latch on, regardless. He is all show & no go, but the sound effects are astonishing. It should be enough to drive any reasonable self-respeting criminal off.
    If that doesn't work, I may be inclined to take up a secure and defensible position and let the problem to come to me, if it is going to, whereupon said intruder may wish he was never born, assuming he is still alive at the conclusion of the event. (questionable) I would rather beat the daylights out of 'em than shoot 'em, but sometimes that choice is not yours to make.
    I have been on the wrong end of lethal threat twice, and I have also fought for my life on several occasions. I am not a toughguy, and I won't seek the confrontation, but I will let 'em know they have been in it if there is no choice.
    Bashed bleepheads are often very polite, even if they are extremely unhappy. I know this for a fact.
    I also believe in liberal application of physical violence: not to kill, cripple, or seriously injure......just to hurt....real bad with lots of immediate pain, and real, genuine, authentic fear. For some, it may be the only justice they will ever experience.

    p.s. My primary domestic defensive choice is a 12ga. 870 security setup. Large heavy loads are not necessary indoors. #4 buckshot max, and light to medium weight birdshot preferred.
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